Saturday, February 11, 2012

Best Friends

There are a few great things happening today! First, I'm the hostess again this week over @ Our Creative Corner.  Second, it's my birthday!  And third, my family is sharing a meal with me this evening!  When I say family, I mean it, in every sence of the word: my folks, my husband, my daughter and her family (including two of my grandchildren), my husband's mother, and my son-in-law's mother.  
But, first things first.  I am hosting again this week @ Our Creative Corner.  The challenge that I have for you this week, is to create a paper craft item (a card, scrapbook layout, 3-D item, an altered item) for a Best Friend.  It can be for a Birthday, Thank You, or any other occasion.  The only requirement I have for this week, is to include a flower.  But it can be a hand-made flower, or an embellishment, or a floral stamp.  Sounds pretty broad, but that is so you can make a papercraft item that is special to your Best Friend.
Here is my card:

Now, for some words about my card.  I love some specific paper craft companies.  But, I probably own products from almost every paper craft company out there.  So, I am a big fan of using what you have.  You loved the product enough to spend your hard earn cash on it.  Use it!  
To create this card, I used paper from Stampin' Up!, Webster's Pages, Cosmo Cricket, and Echo Park.  I stamped a script text from Hero Arts onto the center panel, to give it some 'weight' on the lower third of the cardstock, since the top portion of the card is pretty busy.  The reason I mentioned the different paper companies, is to show you that even though the greens and blues aren't a perfect color match, they are from the same color families and look great together!
The bird is actually a glitter rub-on.  The stamped sentiment, 'best FRIENDS to the end' is a collaboration of two different stamp sets from two different companies:  Stampin' Up! and Paper Trey Ink. 
The 'ribbon' is seam binding from Stampin' Up!  I made the multi-loop bow by hand and used a CTMH rhinestone brad to hold the bow together.
I used a 'lace' hand-held punch to create the decorative strip at the top of the main panel.  I punched this delicate piece out of text pattern paper.  This was to mimic the text script at the lower third of the same panel, and to introduce a soft beige color of the flowers that encircle the medallion.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule, to stop by and view my Best Friend card.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I'll have a piece of birthday cake for us all  :)


Beth said...

This is just a beautiful card, I love everything about it.
Have a wonderful birthday!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Absolutely stunning! WOW, the recipient will be in love with it! I really love the bling and color combination...stunning!!!

MarcyK924 said...

This is jaw-dropping Sharon! Your papers are beautiful, I love your palette. And the bling knocks it out of the park! I LOVE pearls! I use that Hero Arts stamp all the time - it looks perfect here! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! XO

Scrumplescrunch said...

Happy Birthday Sharon, hope you had the most enjoyable day.
Your card is just gorgeous, all those pearls and beautiful PP. and you are so correct in the blue/green palette it really works. Turquoise is my favourite colour, love all your elements too. Thanks for giving us such wonderful themes these past two weeks.

Anne Marie Hile said...

I am going to interrupt my comment on your lovely card to sing you a we go..."Happy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday, dear Sharon! Happy Birthday to YOOOOOUUUUU!!!!"

Now let's get to that pretty card! Holy Pearly Swirls, Batman! This is fabulous! Love the pretty color combo and all of the special touches you added. This is one gorgeous creation, my friend! Hope your day was wonderful! Big hugs! :)

Marjie Kemper said...

How beautiful, Sharon! Love your colors and all that gorgeous bling.

Meihsia Liu said...

Hi, Sharon, your card is so beautiful. The colors are so refreshing and the layout is fabulous! Love it.